Windows Laptops are HOT again! Lenovo’s latest convertible ultrabook-meets-tablet packs a bunch of new features packed in a thinner and lighter shell. The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro has top notch hardware with a sleek and sexy body which is constructed of about 800 individual pieces of steel and aluminum, with six attachment points across the display. These attachment points (or hinges) are inspired from watchbands, and that gives it a unique look.
Its predecessor, Yoga 2 Pro was already the most sought over convertible laptop, and Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro now takes over the mantle in style. It is now 17 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than the Yoga 2 Pro, which means it weighs ‘less than a bottle of water‘ as per Lenovo. It still carries that impressive 3200 x 1800 QHD+ display and comes with the new Intel Broadwell processors. Lenovo is promising up to 9 hours of battery life, thanks to the new Broadwell chips, and the device will be available with up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage.
With the new hinges, in addition to aesthetics, Lenovo has improved the functionality, and the display is now far more secure and wobbles less than its predecessor’s. Technically, the 3200 x 1800 pixels QHD+ screen blows up even the mighty retina display (2560 x 1600 pixels) on the MacBook Pro.
What’s more? The new Yoga 3 Pro is one of the very first laptops to charge over USB. That’s right. It doesn’t come with a dedicated port for charging, thanks to Intel Core M-70 processor which sucks so little power. You just plug a relatively thick cable into a special yellow USB port on the left, which doubles as USB 2.0.
Then there’s the usual JBL-tuned speakers with WavesAudio processing at the bottom of the laptop that should make for a solid listening experience. There are two USB 3.0 sockets, a micro HDMI port, a headset jack, and an SD card slot. Then there’s a one-touch recovery button for those extreme cases. And we finally have the 5GHz 802.11ac support out of the box and the latest Bluetooth 4.01
On software front, the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro comes with a new feature called “Harmony” that can automatically adjust settings to optimize whatever app you’re using. For example, when reading an e-book, Harmony will automatically change the brightness and color temperature according to the environment lighting. When using presentation software, Harmony can enable motion control or touch depending on the mode, or when watching video it can optimize the audio settings.
If all these new features and looks swept you off your feet, you should know that the new Yoga 3 Pro will set you back by at least $1349. That’s a steep price for a 13-inch laptop, but there’s no other sexy looking convertible ultrabook you see! It’ll be available for purchase from Lenovo’s web store and Best Buy at the end of October in three colors: silver, orange, and gold.
ThinkPad Yoga 14
If you instead prefer a rather sober enterprise-y convertible, then have a look at the new ThinkPad Yoga 14. This features a 1920 x 1080 pixels (full HD) display with Nvidia Geforce 840M graphics, 1TB HDD (and a speedier 16GB SSD cache to go along with it), Intel’s Core i5 processor, a full-size HDMI port, and battery life of up to eight hours. This one will only be available in black and sold exclusively at Best Buy later this month for $1,199.